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The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Volume 3 | Issue 1 Article 2 9-25-2012 Reflection: A Key Component to Thinking Critically Binta M. Colley PhD University of Vermont , [email protected] Andrea R. Bilics PhD Worcester State University , [email protected] Carol M. Lerch PhD Worcester State University , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Recommended Citation Colley, Binta M. PhD; Bilics, Andrea R. PhD; and Lerch, Carol M. PhD (2012) "Reflection: A Key Component to Thinking Critically," The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning : Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 2. DOI: Available at:
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Reflection: A Key Component to Thinking Critically Abstract The ability to think critically is an important trait of all members of society. With today’s multinational, multicultural, complex issues, citizens must be able to sift through large amounts of various data to make intelligent decisions. Thinking critically must be a focus of higher education in order to provide the intellectual training for its students to participate in this world. This qualitative study examined critical reflection through student writing as seen in three different college settings. Structured reflections were analyzed using Marzano’s New Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (2001). La capacité d’exercer son esprit critique est une caractéristique importante de tous les membres de la société. De nos jours, les enjeux sont multinationaux, multiculturels et complexes. Les citoyens doivent être capables de filtrer de grandes quantités de données diverses pour prendre des décisions intelligentes. L’enseignement supérieur doit être axé sur la pensée critique afin de procurer aux étudiants la formation intellectuelle qui leur permettra de participer au monde qui les entoure. La présente étude qualitative se penche sur la réflexion critique dans les écrits des étudiants de trois différents collèges. Les chercheurs ont analysé les réflexions structurées à l’aide de la nouvelle taxonomie des objectifs pédagogiques de Marzano (2001). Keywords critical thinking, reflection, action research, mathematics education, teacher education, occupational therapy education This research paper/rapport de recherche is available in The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
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The ability to think critically is an important trait for all members of society. With today’s multinational, multicultural, complex issues, citizens must be able to sift through large amounts of data to make intelligent decisions. Thinking critically must be a focus of higher education in order to provide the intellectual training for its students to participate in this world.
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